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Dewit: Make Your Bed Correctly

Chao Nation! Welcome to your first installment of Dewit, where I tell you how to do things, and the right way to do them. We're going to start with one of my worst peeves, which is bed-making. Many people do not know how to make a bed, and although they do not know it, it affects their quality of life. By "they," I mean "you." So listen here.

All pics from Ugly House Photos

Here are some examples of how not to make one's bed. The pictures above illustrate one of the most common mistakes people make -- pulling the comforter all the way up over the pillows, which a) is silly, and b) appears as if you may be trying to hide a dead body. No! Do not do this. First of all, your bed should be just as decorated as anything else in your house. And secondly, there are much better methods out there. Let's look at some examples of beds done right.

Nick Olsen via House Beautiful

My beloved Nick knows what's up. Do you see how crisp and clean his linens look? That is because someone IRONED them. Oh, you don't have time to iron your sheets? Well, that's weird, you sure have time to watch Bravo. Make it happen, y'all.

via Miles Redd

Here's another version of awesome bed-making. The sheets are tucked under, the duvet is folded in half (or thirds) at the end of the bed, and a couple of fabulous pillows + a throw blanket have been added. Again, everything is clean, crisp, and pressed. Except for that bed skirt. Get on it, Miles.

via Ryan Ford

Here is a great bed example. The matelasse blanket is pulled all the way up, yes, but the Euro shams and accent pillows are stacked vertically on the OUTSIDE of the coverlet. Where are the standard pillows you sleep on? I don't know. And I don't care.

via Leontine Linens

Nobody does it like Leontine. Here, they've folded the top sheet over the bed cover, and the Euros/accent pillows are once again on top of everything else. Learn it, live it, love it.

via Lonny

And here is my Platonic ideal of beds. Everything is perfectly ironed; the sheets are tucked in with hospital corners; the standard-sized pillows and shams are stacked (open pillow edges to the outside, please); the duvet is folded at the end of the bed; and there are two subtle accent pilllows to complete the scene. Yes. YES!

In sum, making your bed up right: DEWIT. The end.


Local Client #1

A few months ago, an acquaintance of mine asked me if I'd ever done any local decorating before. I had not -- we live in a small town, and there is no shortage of interior professionals -- so I told her I'd love to help her, but that I hoped she was a patient person. I had no local contacts at the beginning, so it took a while longer than your normal project trying to make thingsĀ happen, but we figured it out together and now that same lady is a dear friend of mine. Isn't it awesome how that works? Anyway, she tasked me with turning her young daughter's room from a little girl's room to a big girl's room. You may recall that I have done this before, with my own child. I regret to inform you that this little girl did not -- as my dramatic child did -- react in a reality show fashion. However, she is very happy with her new room. And now, please enjoy these terrible before pictures (Aren't they always the worst?). My client wanted to switch her daughter's twin bed out for a queen-size, so we had a headboard made along with a complementary roman shade for the window. The little girl picked out the black polka dot bed set, which is from a company called Little Miss Matched -- this piece was sort of the inspiration for the whole room, in fact. We also ordered a dresser from the company and re-covered the original bulletin board with some new fabric. The walls were re-painted in a pale cool gray (Benjamin Moore Gray Owl). Side tables and bedding are from Pottery Barn; lamps are from Target; jute rug from Overstock; desk chair is a reproduction Eames. Oh! Also, my client's daughter is really into chemistry (!) so we ordered some glass beakers for extra science-y cuteness. So there it is: my first local project. I am so happy it's finished, and I can't wait to get started on the next one. But first I am going to take a nap for eight days.

All photos by AB Chao

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The Nursery of Little Martha

I know many of you are waiting to see this baby's room, so I'll keep it short. A few weeks ago my friends Allison and Chris adopted a baby, and I immediately sprung into action to help Al plan a nursery. Here is what we ended up with. I think it's a pretty cute room for a pretty cute girl. We didn't have a lot of time to plan, so most of the items in the room were sourced locally or ordered somewhere online that offered quick shipping. I arrived in Atlanta on Saturday afternoon and had to leave Tuesday morning, so we had a tight schedule to get the room and crib painted, hang shades/curtains, and assemble everything. I would just like you to know that, although we achieved our goal, tomorrow I have to have my gall bladder removed. THE SACRIFICES I MAKE. IMG_4801 The crib is a Jenny Lind, which we painted a color called "Bumblebee" from Lowes's Valspar spray paint line. (Dear Valspar, Your spray paint color selection is fantastic.) There was a communications mix-up between me and our workers (Vince) at home base, resulting in the purchase of 12 cans of spray paint requiring trips to 3 different Lowes stores. The tale of Vince and the Spray Paint is best told by Allison, so I'll leave that to her. Maybe she'll tell it in the comments. IMG_4770 The crib bedding and lamps are from Target. The glider is from a place called, I am not joking, "New Baby Products." The yellow Ikat pillow is from the awesome Fabricadabra, and thank you Raina for that tip! The dresser is from Babies R Us, and we love it because it doesn't look like baby furniture. The rugs, bookcase (Expedit, what what!), and white grommet curtains are all Ikea. The uglydolls are from Heliotrope Home. The pink chair is Vitra from Hive Modern. The most excellent cardboard moose head, which took me approximately 40 years to put together, is from Uncommon Goods. And finally, the walls are "Atlantic Fog" from the discontinued Martha Stewart line at Sherwin Williams. IMG_4782 I wish I had gotten better pictures of the bed, and the room from other angles, but we woke up in the middle of a HURRICANE, so there was very little time and even less light. I did get a shot of one of my favorite things in the room, the Mason jar full of twinkle lights, which was Al's inspired idea. IMG_4817 Welcome home, Marlo. I hope you love your new room.

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The Results

Y'all must have been voting it up for me in the bedroom contest, because I won the Readers' Choice Award! That's right! Power to the people! Thank you so much for voting, both from the link here and on Twitter. Also, thanks to my ladies over at Design Crisis, for their aggressive Pro-AB campaign. I was also given an Honorable Mention by the judges (Dear Kelly Wearstler: CALL ME), which is doubly awesome. See the results, and the super fabulous winners, right here. Now everybody go paint something Down Pipe!

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Oh my goodness, it's been a banner week here at Chao Central. First of all, the temperature has dropped below 75 at least 3 times. Secondly, one of my favorite blogs, Creature Comforts, did a super sweet post on our house. THIRD OF ALL, I will be doing a guest post on one of my OTHER favorite blogs (Karly and Erin, what what!) very very soon. FINALLY, and this is going to blow your mind, I am a finalist in this All The Best Bedroom Contest. I mean, how sick are you of hearing about my bedroom? I know, me too. However. Not only is it an honor to be chosen, but your favorite and mine, the crazy awesome Kelly Wearstler, is one of the judges. This makes me squee. A lot. Y'all, the other contestants are so good. They are obviously professionals. So I cannot even tell you how happy it made me to find out I was in the top 12. As a bonus, there is a Reader's Choice poll you should go vote in. (For me.) (I mean, you don't have to. Only if you want to.) (Dewit.) Talk about an embarrassment of riches. I am the luckiest girl in the blogosphere!!!!!!1! And now, here are 2 more pictures of my bedroom. YAY! bedroom1 bedroom2

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